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Occasionally you may trip or stumble in the field, accidentally dipping the barrel into the ground or snow. Immediately check for an obstruction.

Hunter removing barrel obstruction
  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Open the action, and make sure the firearm is unloaded.
  • Check for debris in the barrel. If the firearm is a break action, look through the barrel from the breech end, or use a barrel light to inspect the barrel for obstructions.
  • Remove any obstructions with a cleaning rod.
  • Check the barrel again to make sure no debris remains.